Sports Injury Management

Should you see a physiotherapist?

Unfortunately a common issue that arises from people playing sport is injury. Here at More For Movement Physiotherapy we have a team of highly experienced physiotherapists to help aid your return to sport in a safe and timely manor. Often people are confused about how long they should wait to seek medical advice and who to see. If you are unsure of who to see and when, please refer to the points below.

How will a physiotherapist help?

1. Assessment

Having your problem properly assessed at the outset is very important. Your physiotherapist can refer you for imaging if necessary. For many sports injuries, physiotherapy will be the main form of management and so treatment can start immediately . Your physiotherapist can refer you to your family doctor or a sports physician if further intervention is required.

2. Restore Movement

Regaining movement in an injured part is crucial. Often we are hesitant to start moving the injured area due to fear of further injury. It is important and normally very safe to start moving the injury after the initial R.I.C.E.R management period.

3. Benefits to early treatment:

Decreased pain levels faster through evidence based loading techniques, joint mobility techniques, soft tissue massage and stretches

Reduce loss of muscle with ‘safe’ loading and muscle activation exercises.

Limit deconditioning (loss of fitness) by providing safe alternative aerobic and anaerobic exercises to keep you active.

Less time spent on the side line recovering.

4. Prognosis (Time frame)

Once your physiotherapist has assessed your injury, they will be able to provide you with a guide of how long it your injury will take to heal and how long until you can return to sport.

As every person if different, there often is a variation of how long it takes a person to recovery from a specific injury. This can be impacted by thing such as; how the injury happened, type of injury (loading injury or contact injury) and adherence to your rehabilitation program.

Management of your injury

As soon as possible, and for 72 hours after injury, use the RICE method:

Rest – Take it easy and only move within your limit of pain.

Ice – As soon as possible, and for 20 minutes every two hours, apply ice or a frozen gel pack wrapped in a damp towel. This helps to control bleeding and pain and reduces secondary tissue damage.

Compression – Firmly bandage the injury. This helps to control swelling.

Elevation – As much as possible, elevate your injury higher than the level of your heart to reduce swelling

After this intial management you should book an appointment with your physiotherapist, especially if there is pain and swelling after 24 hours (No referral is needed).

Common Injuries

  • Hamstring Strains
  • Shoulder instability 
  • Ankle sprains
  • Knee injuries
  • Tendon injuries
  • Quadriceps strains
  • Hip injuries
  • Groin pain
  • Heel pain
  • Shin splints 
  • Calf strains
  • Bruises/contusions 
  • Ligament/joint injuries
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Over-use injuries 

Injury Prevention and screening

Prevention is always better than a cure. The risk of most injuries can be reduced with the appropriate conditioning, training, load management or flexibility program. Recent research has shown a significant reduction in injury occurrences when managed appropriately.